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D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Tuesday’s in November usually means one thing: a brand new Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

As noted in our preseason poll, we will be posting a weekly Top 10 Poll this month on Tuesdays before switching to Mondays once the New England D-III Football season concludes.

This is a BUSY week for many teams as most squads begin their respective campaigns, while others take part in early season tournaments. Additionally, some teams will be competing in their second (or third) game of the season, too.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week One Poll| Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. WPI 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Hamilton College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Eastern Connecticut

0-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Salem State 

1-1, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6

8. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 10

10. Babson College

2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, Keene State, Springfield College, and Trinity College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Tuesday’s in November usually means one thing: a brand new Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

As noted in our preseason poll, we will be posting a weekly Top 10 Poll this month on Tuesdays before switching to Mondays once the New England D-III Football season concludes.

This is a BUSY week for many teams as most squads begin their respective campaigns, while others take part in early season tournaments.

UMass Dartmouth joins this week’s poll following an overtime win over MIT, which is one of eight teams ‘on the rise.’

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week One Poll| Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Eastern Connecticut

0-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Emmanuel College

0-0, 0-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6 

7. Babson College

0-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Smith College

0-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Springfield College

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 9

10. UMass Dartmouth

1-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Conn. College, MIT, Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Trinity College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll

Around The Rim With Bob Whitney: Welcome Back College Hoops

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Former Braintree High and Kimball Union star Nic Timberlake in action last year for Towson University. Timberlake is now a redshirt freshman for Towson this winter after last season’s injury-riddled campaign. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bob Whitney)

By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob

In case you haven’t noticed the 2019-20 college basketball season is off and running, highlighted by a nationally-televised doubleheader last evening featuring the top four teams in the men’s basketball preseason rankings: Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas.

For all of us veteran purists, it was hoop heaven, the talent was amazing but the quality of play was spotty at best given such a huge stage on opening night.

That aside, it is my pleasure to pen a weekly hoop column for the hard-working Matt Noonan and his many followers here at Noontime Sports.

I have covered one of the Power Five conferences – the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), to be exact – for the last eight seasons, but this year I will focus on a little bit of everything but the primary focus will remain on all that is happening in New England – and that is a lot!

First of all, check out the Noontime Sports Men and Women’s New England D-III Basketball Preseason Top 10 Polls: (Men’s Basketball | Women’s Basketball)

A few thoughts from the basketball polls.

  • No surprise that Amherst College is perched at the top of both rankings. They have been the gold-standard regionally and a regular participant in the NCAA D-III Tournaments for years.
  • Speaking of Amherst, the men’s program suffered a sudden jolt in September when legendary coach David Hixon (after 42 seasons at the helm) opted to take a non-health sabbatical to deal with some family issues. The big question is can the program move on without Hixon’s leadership?

    Those close to the program feel that with the elevation of trusted assistant Aaron Toomey, who played under Hixon and helped win NCAA titles in 2012 and 2013, the transition should be seamless.

  • A game to watch (and to gauge how Toomey and his squad are managing the transition) is on January 10 when New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Middlebury College travels to Amherst.

ODDS AND ENDS

  • There have been a number of rule changes introduced with the most important one being the extension of the 3-point arc from 17 inches to the international standard of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Although testing of this change in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) last year found little change in shooting percentage, it was felt by the officiating honchos that it would alleviate congestion in the paint by forcing defenders to guard shooters further away from the basket. Stay tuned on this change.
  • All eyes will be pointing to Cambridge, Mass this season to see if the Harvard University celebrated senior class, led by awesome point guard Bryce Aiken, can finally win an Ivy League title, as well as earn an automatic tournament bid to the NCAA Tournament.

    Better yet, the Crimson will have some home-cooking help in March as this year’s conference tournament moves from the storied The Palestra to Lavietes Pavilion, March 14-15.

    The Ivy poo-bahs move to a conference tournament for men and women was a no-brainer – the atmosphere is pulsating and the quality of play is as good as it gets.

  • A shoutout to former Marquette University assistant Brett Nelson who assumes the reins at Holy Cross after Bill Carmody‘s decision to retire from the coaching ranks.
  • Did you know that we have a number of the top coaches in the women’s college game led by the legendary Barbara Stevens, who ranks fourth in wins among college coaches at Bentley University, Harvard’s Kathy Delaney-Smith, Stonehill College‘s Trisha Brown, Springfield College‘s Naomi Graves, and Babson College‘s Judy Blinstrub. If any of you have a daughter that may be destined to play at the college level the price of admission to catch one of these coaches in action will help with a final decision.
  • In my eight years following ACC men’s basketball, I had the privilege to hear firsthand from some of the great coaches in the game, including Coach Mike KrzyseskiRoy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino, and Mike Brey. Buzz Williams was a real stitch in the press room. But most impressive among this elite group of coaches was the University of Virginia‘s, Tony Bennett.

    Obviously, Bennett’s run to the national title was the big news last year but most noteworthy was his recent decision to forego a well-deserved a big raise. Bennett felt that his family was blessed and thankful for what they have and felt that the money would be better spent in funding a program to help athletes transition to careers after basketball. Bennett is destined to be the voice of the ACC once Coach K and Roy retire.

A FINAL THOUGHT

Best wishes to Kristen McDonnell who left the Braintree high school girls basketball program after a ten-year run which included four D-1 state titles and a bunch of sectional crowns. McDonnell is seeking a new challenge as the Norwood high school boys head coach.

Keep shooting. See you next week!

D3 Basketball: Women’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England D-III basketball is set to tip-off this week (and weekend, as well as next week, too), which means it is time to unveil our first  Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Tuesday this month but will transition to Mondays in December once our New England D-III Football coverage concludes.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Preseason Poll | Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019

1. Amherst College 

2018-19 Record: 25-4, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 2018-19 Record: 28-3, 8-2 NESCAC
3. Bowdoin College  2018-19 Record: 31-2, 10-0 NESCAC
4. Middlebury College  2018-19 Record: 20-8, 5-5 NESCAC
5. Eastern Connecticut  2018-19 Record: 19-9, 12-4 LEC
6. Emmanuel College  2018-19 Record: 24-6, 11-1 GNAC
7. Babson College  2018-19 Record: 21-5, 14-2 NEWMAC
8. Smith College  2018-19 Record: 22-7, 13-3 NEWMAC
9. Springfield College  2018-19 Record: 18-10, 12-4 NEWMAC
10. MIT  2018-19 Record: 21-8, 12-4 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Brandeis University, Conn. College, Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Trinity College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wesleyan University, and Western New England 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England D-III basketball is set to tip-off this week – in fact, one team will play its initial game of the 2019-20 season this evening when MIT visits Harvard University at 7 p.m.

Most teams will begin their respective campaigns later this week (or this weekend), as well as next week, too, so let’s get you ready for a brand new season with our first Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Tuesday this month but will transition to Mondays in December once our New England D-III Football coverage concludes.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Preseason Poll | Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019

1. Amherst College 

2018-19 Record: 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC

2. Nichols College 

2018-19 Record: 28-3, 15-1 CCC

3. Middlebury College 

2018-19 Record: 18-8, 7-3 NESCAC

4. WPI 

2018-19 Record: 19-9, 8-6 NEWMAC

5. Hamilton College 

2018-19 Record: 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Salem State University

2018-19 Record: 18-10, 10-2 MASCAC

7. Eastern Connecticut 

2018-19 Record: 20-7, 13-3 LEC

8. Tufts University

2018-19 Record: 12-14, 4-6 NESCAC

9. Brandeis University

2018-19 Record: 18-11, 7-7 UAA

10. Williams College 

2018-19 Record: 23-7, 6-4 NESCAC

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Babson College, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, and Keene State

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